How to Stop Stress Eating

How to Stop Stress Eating

Ultimately, we are tempted to stress eat because our hormones react to certain negative lifestyle factors. Stress is the main culprit and causes our body to release a hormone called adrenaline (epinephrine). Adrenaline will cause a temporary stall in hunger as it kicks in our fight or flight response to stress.

However, if the stress continues, our bodies release an undesired hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that has been thought to increase appetite, cause belly fat, and many other undesirable issues. It is thought that stress may increase ghrelin (the hunger hormone). All of these factors together may be what is causing you to stress eat.   

Based on my research and experience, I believe stress eating happens in response to the following situations:

Improper or prolonged fasting

Too much sugar or a high carb diet

Too much bad fat in diet such as what you get in fast food

Stress

Lack of vitamins & minerals

Not enough exercise

Muscle mass loss (which is a negative effect of dieting incorrectly)

And hormone imbalances (which can be caused by a number of negative lifestyle choices as well as health issues).

As you can see, stress eating is triggered for many reasons and it can become a bad habit. If you allow yourself to stress eat, your body can get used to this high and it will trigger hunger hormones on a regular basis.

I’ve been dieting for four years now. I’ve noticed the less I eat, the less I want. The more I eat, the more I want. I’ve been through all of the dieting highs and lows. I’ve crashed and burned.

If I eat carbs or sugar in restricted moderation, the cravings go away.

Bing days cause cravings to come back.

If I go too long without eating, I end up feeling like I’m starving.

Logic tells me most people do not starve to death in a period of 12-14 hours but to keep from having constantly fluctuating blood sugar, I usually supplement a fast.

Since short-term fasting is good for your body, I ignore what my body wants. What I’m focused on the majority of the time is what my body needs.

Your body and mind are tricky. They sometimes don’t know what they need, but they sure will tell you what you want. It takes self-discipline to give your body what it needs rather than what it wants.

I’ve found the best way to stop stress eating is to set myself a time period to fast, and a time period to eat. Intermittent fasting is the best way to control your appetite. Fasting puts you back in control of what your body does.

Controlling and counting your calories is a good way to stop stress eating. Using a carb manager app is a good way to keep up with your calories. I find that calories can creep up on you. We live in a carb-filled world so keeping up with what you eat is a good way to control your appetite.

Most of the time I look at my carb app and my mind says, “Okay, you’re finished eating for the day.” And, then I stop eating, or if I’m hungry, I eat something extremely low-carb like a kale smoothie. It really works. Carb apps or calorie counter apps help you to stay on top of things. Look for creative ways to eat healthy. You will be glad you did!


			

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